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Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate List

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Civil Engineering books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down (2003)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListFor anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back–or give way under–thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions.Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world–from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a…
Author(s): J. E. Gordon

2. Civil Engineering: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2012)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListCivil engineering has made an inestimable contribution to modern life, providing the crucial expertise behind our vast transportation systems and the wide array of built structures where we work, study, and play. In this Very Short Introduction, engineer David Muir Wood turns a spotlight on a field that we often take for granted. He sheds light on the nature and importance of civil engineering in the history of civilization and urbanization, outlines its many accomplishments in the modern era, and points to the hurdles that civil engineering will face in the future. Beginning with the…
Author(s): Muir Wood, David

3. A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying, and Civil Engineering (Oxford Quick Reference) (2012)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListWritten by an experienced team of experts, this new reference work offers the most up-to-date coverage available of building, surveying, and civil engineering terms. It boasts more than 9,800 alphabetically arranged entries covering the key areas of construction technology and practice, civil and construction engineering, construction management techniques and processes, and legal aspects such as contracts and procurement. Illustrations complement entries where necessary. Other extra features include a bibliography, appendices providing a list of commonly used…
Author(s): Christopher Gorse, David Johnston, et al.

4. Introduction to Civil Engineering: A Student’s Guide to Academic and Professional Success (Revised First Edition) (2014)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListDesigned for introductory courses, Introduction to Civil Engineering serves as both a textbook and a professional guide. It addresses all aspects of education and professional preparation for civil engineers, beginning with major technical areas and attributes and concluding with hiring opportunities. The first chapters of the text cover the scope of civil engineering, common core curriculum, and the skills and tools needed to succeed as a civil engineering student. Included is a clear description of the Fundamentals of Engineering exam taken by students in the senior year….
Author(s): Sheng-Taur Mau, Sami Maalouf

5. Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: 2 Full Breadth Exams (2018)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListContains 80 problems that are representative of the actual Civil Engineering PE Exam. Each question has been designed in accordance with the latest NCEES specifications. These questions were created by real, practicing civil engineers that are familiar with the actual exam. Each question comes with a detailed solution to help you study efficiently and effectively. Exam Topics Covered:Project Planning Means and MethodsSoil MechanicsStructural MechanicsHydraulics and HydrologyGeometricsMaterialsSite Development #27,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #63…
Author(s): Civil PE Practice

6. Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners (2000)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListHow does a city obtain water, gas, and electricity? Where do these services come from? How are they transported? The answer is infrastructure, or the inner, and sometimes invisible, workings of the city. Roads, railroads, bridges, telephone wires, and power lines are visible elements of the infrastructure; sewers, plumbing pipes, wires, tunnels, cables, and sometimes rails are usually buried underground or hidden behind walls. Engineering the City tells the fascinating story of infrastructure as it developed through history along with the growth of cities. Experiments, games, and construction diagrams show how…
Author(s): Matthys Levy, Richard Panchyk

7. The Engineering Is Easy: Memoir of a Project Manager (2019)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListProject managers will learn how to overcome pitfalls in this self-help guide for managing projects. Written in memoir format, this book also is useful for those considering project management as a career and anyone supervising project managers. Real-world case studies are used to present good practices and lessons learned for numerous project circumstances, including: Even when engineering is easy for someone, their technical competence does not guarantee they will be a successful project manager. This book provides a unique opportunity to observe good and bad decisions the author made as he…
Author(s): Bruce E Podwal

8. People Skills for Engineers (2018)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListDo you feel disconnected from the other engineers you work with? Are personal interactions often uncomfortable, adversarial, or just plain weird? Or, do you know your people skills need help, but you’re unsure of where to start?WARNING: Failings with people can be the undoing of even the most talented technical team.Drawing on more than sixteen years of experience working alongside other engineers, Tony Munson provides a foundational set of people skills every engineer should possess in order to avoid—and resolve—relational problems before they have a chance to impact your personal effectiveness.These problems include but are not…
Author(s): Tony Munson

9. Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListIntroduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering  breaks new ground in preparing civil and environmental engineers to meet the challenges of the 21st  century.  The authors use the infrastructure that is all around us to introduce students to civil and environmental engineering, demonstrating how all the parts of civil and environmental engineering are interrelated to help students see the “big picture” in the first or second year of the curriculum. Students learn not only the  what  of the infrastructure, but also the  how  and the …
Author(s): Michael R. Penn, Philip J. Parker

10. Civil Engineering PE Practice Exams: Five Full Breadth Exams With Detailed Solutions (2019)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListThis book includes five full breadth exams with detailed solutions based on the specifications of CIVIL Engineering PE exam by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This book contains two sections: Section one: This section includes 200 questions as five separate exams with questions in various topics including Construction, Geotechnical, Structural, Transportation, and Water Resources and Environmental. Section two: This section includes exam questions with detailed solutions which are categorized in the following topics, so you can diagnose your strengthens and weaknesses.•Project Planning •Means and…
Author(s): Asadi P.E., Ali

11. Structural Principles (1984)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListYour recently viewed items and featured recommendations › View or edit your browsing history After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. #1,356,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #459 in Structural Engineering #1029 in Civil Engineering (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Irving Engel

12. Geology for Engineers and Environmental Scientists (3rd Edition) (2006)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListProvides readers with an introduction to geology with a focus on real-world applications. Case histories in nearly every chapter help emphasize the relationship between geology and engineering. Has a solid background in the basics of geology including mineralogy, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, structural geology and plate tectonics, weathering and erosion, rivers, coastlines, and glaciers. New material covers geologic resources, geologic hazards, and environmental challenges in the current century. A new overview covers the implications of population growth, the use and depletion of energy and water…
Author(s): Alan E. Kehew

13. Design of Hydraulic Steel Structures (Technical Engineering and Design Guides As Adapted from the U.s. Army Corps of Engineers) (1997)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Technical Engineering and Design Guide No. 22 prescribes guidance for designing hydraulic steel structures by load and resistance factor design (LRFD) and fracture control. #6,302,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1261 in Waste Management #2351 in Structural Engineering #1551 in Hydraulics (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Not Available

14. FE Civil Review (2017)

 Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListMichael R. Lindeburg PE’s FE Civil Review offers complete review of all knowledge areas for the FE Civil exam.  It has been brought to our attention that counterfeit PPI books have been circulating. Counterfeit books have missing material as well as incorrect and outdated content. While we are actively working to resolve this issue, we would like our customers to be aware that this issue exists and to be leary of books not purchased directly through PPI. If you suspect a fraudulent seller, please email details to …
Author(s): Lindeburg PE, Michael R.

Best Civil Engineering Books: The Ultimate List

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Advances in Civil Engineering and Infrastructural Development: Select Proceedings of ICRACEID 2019

Author(s): Laxmikant Madanmanohar Gupta, Maya Rajanarayan Ray, Pawan Kumar Labhasetwar
ID: 2815720, Publisher: Springer Singapore, Year: 2021, Size: 31 Mb, Format: pdf

Recent Trends in Civil Engineering: Select Proceedings of TMSF 2019

Author(s): Bibhuti Bhusan Das, Sreejith V. Nanukuttan, Anil K. Patnaik, Neena Shekhar Panandikar
ID: 2823710, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 20 Mb, Format: pdf

A Concise Introduction to Traffic Engineering: Theoretical Fundamentals and Case Studies

Author(s): Marco Guerrieri, Raffaele Mauro
ID: 2850909, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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